On Thursday, July 23, the White House and the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), hosted a Community Policing Forum to discuss and share best practices on the implementation of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing recommendations. Throughout the forum, Administration officials, 21st Century Policing Task Force members, law enforcement, faith and community leaders and local elected officials discussed and shared strategies for implementing the recommendations and developing ideas that communities across the country can utilize to establish public safety while building trust.  

Approximately100 individuals were invited to attend this day-long event.  Presenters included: Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President, Ronald Davis, Director of Community Oriented Policing Services, and Charles Ramsey, Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department.  Invitees were presented with reports regarding Task Force recommendations and also attended breakout sessions regarding the building of trust and legitimacy and also Task Force Pillar discussions.

Representing HAPCOA was Executive Director, Anthony Chapa.  Other Law Enforcement Associations & organizations represented included:  IACP, Major City Chiefs, Major City Sheriffs, NOBLE, PERF, Police Foundation and NLPOA. 

The Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch provided closing remarks.

Resources in support of the Presidents Task Force on 21st Century Policing:

  • COPS Task Force home page: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2761
  • Final Task Force report: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/taskforce/TaskForce_FinalReport.pdf
  • Information on the Police Data Initiative: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/05/18/launching-police-data-initiative